And he will be called Wonderful Counselor. — Isaiah 9:6
There's a new title for an old profession: life coach. The phrase was first used in 1986 and refers to an advisor who helps people set and reach goals, deals with problems, and make decisions. Professionals can be trained and receive a certification to be a life coach.
While this is a worthy, fulfilling profession, we need to remember we already have a life coach. God sends His Holy Spirit to anyone who asks, and He guides us. He gives us wisdom. He shows us the best way to live.
The problem is, many of us don't wan to listen to His counsel. We want what we want. We want to live the way we think is best, the way that seems easiest or most comfortable for us right here, right now. But God is more concerned with the big picture than our current circumstances. Oh, He will guide us through today, but if we listen to Him carefully and follow His direction, we will end up on the best path for eternity.
Our Wonderful Counselor isn't in it for the paycheck or to build a resume. He loves us and only wants what is best for us. When we are confused about which way to go, which decision to make, we can go to our Life Coach. We can trust that He will always lead us in the right direction.
Dear Father, thank You for being my Life Coach. Help me to heed Your counsel. Amen.